AEW and WWE both issued tributes to the late Dominic DeNucci, who passed away at the age of 89 on Thursday.
AEW tweeted the following:
AEW joins the wrestling world in mourning the passing of a true legend, Dominic DeNucci. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/2nNiMFLsIl
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) August 13, 2021
WWE.com also posted the following statement:
WWE is saddened to learn that Dominic DeNucci passed away at the age of 89.
Born in Venice, Italy, DeNucci blazed a trail in wrestling that spanned the globe. From early career beginnings in Canada, Australia, Japan and the midwestern United States, DeNucci debuted in New York City for WWE in 1967. A formidable pairing with Bruno Sammartino saw the two Italian-born wrestlers capture the WWE International Tag Team Championship in 1971. DeNucci would later win the WWE World Tag Team Championship alongside both Victor Rivera and Dino Bravo. He would go on to challenge inaugural Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson multiple times before the end of his 15-year run with WWE.
After retiring from competition, DeNucci transitioned into a role as a well-renowned trainer. DeNucci notably trained Mick Foley, Moondog Spot, Shane Douglas and others.
WWE extends its condolences to DeNucci’s family, friends and fans.